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    Devaney comments regarding the current 53 on the roster and the decision

    Sept. 04, 2011 3:31 p.m. - by Ron Clements - Devaney wanted experience behind Bradford
    GM Billy Devaney said keeping an experienced backup behind QB Sam Bradford was a factor that favored 11-year veteran A.J. Feeley over second-year player Thaddeus Lewis. Devaney said the team hoped Lewis would clear waivers so he could be signed to the practice squad, but he was claimed by the Browns. Rams RapidReports

    Sept. 04, 2011 3:28 p.m. - by Ron Clements - Devaney: There's more than just football at stake
    Anybody who follows football knows that cutdown day is tough on coaches and players. As GM Billy Devaney said, there's a human side that has nothing to do with winning games. “Some are more difficult because you’ve been with guys, but every one you make is tough," he said. "You’ve got young guys whose dreams have been shattered. You’ve got veteran guys with families involved. Every one has its own story, and none of them are easy.” Rams RapidReports

    Sept. 04, 2011 3:26 p.m. - by Ron Clements - GM: If Rams cuts are claimed quickly, that says something
    GM Billy Devaney said having released players quickly claimed by other teams “is kind of an indication” that the team has upgraded the talent on its roster. “Every time you make a change and put somebody out there, you have to expect to lose them,” Devaney said. Rams RapidReports

    Sept. 04, 2011 3:24 p.m. - by Ron Clements - GM: this year's cuts were hardest of his 4 years with team
    GM Billy Devaney said this year’s cuts were the most difficult of his four years with the team and “it’s not even close.” “It’s good for the players that get claimed – they’re on a 53-man roster,” Devaney said. “When they left the building, we hoped they go on to have great careers.” Rams RapidReports

    Sept. 04, 2011 3:23 p.m. - by Ron Clements - Devaney: LB Williams 'has chance to be a really good player'
    GM Billy Devaney on rookie LB Jabara Williams, a seventh-round pick from Stephen F. Austin: “Williams, from Day One, showed that he’s bigger than people thought. He’s really athletic and picked things up quickly. He’s a tough guy, smart and we thought in the future has a chance to be a really good player.” Rams RapidReports

    Sept. 04, 2011 3:22 p.m. - by Ron Clements - Devaney expects bigger things from second-year DE Sims
    GM Billy Devaney on second-year DE Eugene Sims: “He has gotten bigger since last year. Like any normal second-year player, he’s got to step up from his rookie year. We really think Eugene can help us in a lot of ways this year.” Rams RapidReports

    Sept. 04, 2011 3:21 p.m. - by Ron Clements - Devaney: Won't compare WR Alexander to waived Avery
    GM Billy Devaney would not compare WR Danario Alexander to Donnie Avery, who was released. “I still think Donnie will be a good player in the league and, knock on wood, Danario is going to give us a chance on game day to make plays and help us win. We weigh everything. There is way more than one factor.” Rams RapidReports

    Sept. 04, 2011 3:20 p.m. - by Ron Clements - Spagnuolo makes final call on cuts
    GM Billy Devaney said assistant coaches and scouts have input added to his own when deciding cuts but, ultimately, the final roster decisions are made by coach Steve Spagnuolo. “At the end of the day, when it comes to the 53-man roster, it’s Spags’ call,” Devaney said. Rams RapidReports

    Sept. 04, 2011 3:16 p.m. - by Ron Clements - Rams expect to make more moves before season opener
    GM Billy Devaney said the team will likely make more moves before the season opener on Sept. 11. He called the roster “fluid” and “it remains so for at least a couple of weeks as we churn the bottom of the roster and get this solidified as quickly as possible.” Rams RapidReports

    Sept. 04, 2011 3:14 p.m. - by Ron Clements - Undrafted rookie TE Giudugli gives Rams versatility
    GM Billy Devaney on undrafted rookie TE Ben Guidugli: “He caught the ball pretty good. He can play fullback. He can play on the line of scrimmage. He gave us a lot of versatility.” Rams RapidReports

    Sept. 04, 2011 3:12 p.m. - by Ron Clements - Rams GM: Rookie WR Pettis impresses, 'belongs in the NFL'
    GM Billy Devaney on rookie WR Austin Pettis: “To pick up three positions we asked him to learn is really unique and showed in practice where he got on a roll. He showed great hands and separation off the line of scrimmage. He certainly showed enough that he belongs in the NFL.” Rams RapidReports

    Sept. 04, 2011 3:09 p.m. - by Ron Clements - Devaney impressed with crop of nine rookies
    GM Billy Devaney on the nine rookies, including two undrafted, that made the team: “We’ve had these rookies for five weeks. To throw the playbook at them from Day One and ask them to jump on board (is) a real difficult thing. For guys to absorb (it) … as quick as they did is a real good sign.”


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    Re: Devaney comments regarding the current 53 on the roster and the decision

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Sept. 04, 2011 3:12 p.m. - by Ron Clements - Rams GM: Rookie WR Pettis impresses, 'belongs in the NFL'
    GM Billy Devaney on rookie WR Austin Pettis: “To pick up three positions we asked him to learn is really unique and showed in practice where he got on a roll. He showed great hands and separation off the line of scrimmage. He certainly showed enough that he belongs in the NFL.” Rams RapidReports
    First positive thing I've heard on Pettis since the draft. Great to hear.
    If a team won their division seven straight times, that would be a NFL record. Now add on that team did it with seven different QB's in seven straight years,that record is unbeatable. To do that feat, you must of had a great Defense. Jack Youngblood was the captain of that defense.

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    Re: Devaney comments regarding the current 53 on the roster and the decision

    Progress Evident in Rams' Moves
    By Nick Wagoner/Senior Writer
    Posted Sept. 04, 2011


    Perhaps further evidence of how far the Rams have come in the past few years is unnecessary.

    The cutdown of the roster from 80 to 53 players on Saturday was the most difficult for Rams general manager Billy Devaney, coach Steve Spagnuolo and their staff in the time they’ve been here.

    “In many, many respects it was, yes,” Devaney said. “Not even close.”

    While those decisions were hard, it was an example of how much better the roster has been than in recent seasons. And there was more evidence of it on Sunday as, for the first time in a while, the Rams had a handful of players they released Saturday claimed by other teams on waivers.

    Carolina claimed end George Selvie, the Jets claimed receiver Mardy Gilyard and Cleveland claimed quarterback Thaddeus Lewis for their active rosters. Linebackers Na’il Diggs and Zac Diles signed with San Diego and Tampa Bay, respectively.

    “Well that is a little bit different, isn’t it?” Devaney said. “I guess that is kind of an indication. We wish that wasn’t the case on a couple of guys, but we realize every time we make a move to put somebody out there, we always say you have to expect to lose them. Don’t be putting a guy out there saying, ‘I think we can slip them by.’ You have to expect to lose anybody you put out there, so it’s good for the players to get claimed. They are on a 53-man roster. Like we said when they were leaving the building, we hope they go on and have great careers.”

    But just because they can brace for the possibility of losing a player doesn’t make it any easier to accept when it happens. Making matters more difficult this year was the shorter window to evaluate everyone: drafted and undrafted rookies, veteran free agents, returning players.

    That condensed time frame made it more necessary to identify players who can quickly pick up the system and begin making plays right away.

    The process for the cuts is similar to what the NFL Draft process is, only with the twist that the final call is deferred to the head coach rather than Devaney. Of course, all personnel people and the coaching staff give input to help try to come to a consensus.

    “It kind of, it’s like the draft process only it’s reversed,” Devaney said. “Everybody has input. Our coaches have input, our scouts have a say how they see players, Spags and I talk about it. But at the end of the day, on the 53-man roster, it’s Spags’ call.”

    Using Lewis as an example, Devaney and Spagnuolo both acknowledged that the choice between Lewis and A.J. Feeley and whether or not to keep two or three quarterbacks would be one of the most difficult decisions on the roster.

    Lewis showed promise and potential in the preseason while Feeley is a solid, veteran presence that starter Sam Bradford has leaned on for help and been integral in his development in addition to his experience.

    When the Rams made the decision to go with Feeley and release Lewis, they knew it was possible that Lewis’ connection to Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur made for a very real possibility they could lose him.

    The thought of keeping three signal callers was certainly an option but now that teams can have 46 players active on game day and you don’t have to use that 46th spot on a third-string quarterback, that’s a valuable spot that could be used for a special teams dynamo.

    That’s why the Rams were reportedly one of about 16 teams to keep just two quarterbacks.

    “Yeah it really is,” Devaney said. “I’ll be curious to see how many teams actually wind up keeping three. That 46th guy on game day is usually a special team ace and is a factor and plays and contributes as opposed to carrying a third quarterback that, chances are, is not going to touch the field. So yeah, I think it will be a factor in a lot of teams’ plans.”

    Make no mistake, the 53 on the Rams’ roster now is extremely unlikely to be the same 53 the Rams take into next Sunday’s opener against Philadelphia.

    Like the other teams around the league, the Rams still have some needs they’d like to address and are searching for potential additions to make on their own. Depth at cornerback, on the offensive line and possibly at tight end are priorities.

    Devaney even discussed the need to add more depth behind the quartet of Ron Bartell, Bradley Fletcher, Justin King and Al Harris at corner.

    “Yeah, sure we are,” Devaney said. “We’re looking at corners. The problem is there are a lot of teams looking at corners and they’re not out there. But we will keep looking, I promise you.”

    Losing players you might hope to keep is as much a part of the business as making cuts themselves.

    Considering the level of competition the Rams had at positions like quarterback, receiver, defensive end and linebacker, it came as no surprise that they had players scooped up on waivers by teams that didn’t want to compete for those players’ services.

    Many times in recent vintage, it’s been the Rams scanning the wires with a multitude of needs to churn the bottom of the roster.

    “I think you all saw it, especially at certain positions where the competition was really, really close,” Devaney said. “And that’s what you want. You preach that before training camp. You want competition at every position and we’re getting to that point where we are putting a pretty good team together and I expect next year to be even tougher. I’d much rather have those decisions, those tough decisions, than be sitting there and say, ‘What difference does it make? These guys aren’t very good anyways.’ At least now we have decisions to make on really good football players.”
    Make no mistake, the 53 on the Rams’ roster now is extremely unlikely to be the same 53 the Rams take into next Sunday’s opener against Philadelphia.
    Can't wait to see '53 - Phase II'.

    RAMS IN 11!
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    Re: Devaney comments regarding the current 53 on the roster and the decision

    The comments about Pettis are very refreshing indeed.!

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